Tourist guide to Feldkirch

Market in Feldkirch

Market in Feldkirch ©TFDuesing/Flick

Feldkirch is a historic city in the western part of the Austrian Land of Vorarlberg, in a privileged position of the Rhine Valley, at just 5 minutes from the border with Liechtenstein and at 30 minutes from Switzerland and can be entirely explored in one afternoon.

The beautiful city preserved its medieval character until today and it is located in a picturesque place at the junction of three valleys. It was first mentioned in 1218, after Count Hugo von Montfort built Schattenburg, a castle which later passed into the possession of the Hapsburgs. The castle is still the main landmark of Feldkirch.

Other places in the city that worth a visit and are recommended by this tourist guide to Feldkirch include the  St. Nikolaus Cathedral from the late Gothic period, the Katzenturm (Katzen Tower) and the other towers of the old city wall.

Main tourist attractions

Though small, Feldkirch is the best preserved and most picturesque town in the region of Vorarlberg. The city has much to offer: an old town with a medieval air, small and easy to explore, with narrow cobbled streets, arches, towers, churches, cafes and bars and other more centuries old buildings, all perfect for walking and relaxing. Many of the streets are only pedestrian, but there is a large parking place just outside the historic center.

Bodensee or Lake of Constance

Bodensee or Lake of Constance ©EladeManu/Flick

Markets and festivals

Twice a week you can try the local delicacies from the market of Feldkirch. Countless events attract locals and tourists alike: a carnival parade, the “Medieval Motfort Fair”, the “Vinoble” wine fair, the “Feldkirch Festival”, the “Wine Festival” , the “Gauklerfestival” with street performers and jugglers, craftsmen fairs and the “Feldkircher Advent” including the “Blonsengelmarkt “, carols and the Christmas market.

Market in Feldkirch

Market in Feldkirch ©TFDuesing/Flick

Sport possibilities

Near Feldkirch you will find the Bodensee, also known as Lake Constance, and some of the best areas for mountain tours and ski resorts in Austria. The pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela, Via Alpina and the long road to the Central Austrian Alps are also close to Feldkirch. The lovers of climbing, can go to the Rätikon Mountains, and if that is not challenging enough, tourists can climb on the top of the highest mountain in Vorarlberg: Piz Buin (3312 m). In winter there is an abundance of trails which can be reached quickly (within 30 minutes from the cozy and friendly area of the Laternser Valley and the Bregenz Forest to the ski areas of St. Anton, Lech, Zürs and Montafon/Silvretta.

 

Forest near Feldkirch

Forest near Feldkirch ©ingo.ronner/Flick

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